The 1356 Penzance - Paddington is captured with a long lens, moving away from the camera, and topping the steep climb up from Chacewater.
Best Regards, Chris Harvey, Bodmin
- Name: Tallicks
- Crossing Type: Public Footpath Crossing with Whistleboards
- Location: Chacewater CP
- Postcode: TR4 8PB
- Route: Western
- ELR: MLN3
- Distance: 305 miles 33 chains
- Individual risk rating: C ()
- Collective risk rating: 7 (Moderate)
- Last assessment: January 2020
- Next assessment due: April 2022
- Types of trains: Passenger & Freight
- Line speed: 60
- Trains per day: 67
- 2 Pedestrians or Cyclists
- Misuse history: Nil incidents in year prior to assessment date (Jul-2014), - Nil incidents since.
- Near-miss history: Nil incidents in year prior to assessment date (Jul-2014), - Nil incidents since.
- Accident history: Nil incidents in year prior to assessment date (Jul-2014), - Nil incidents since.
- Key risk factors:
- Frequent Trains
- Crossing protection arrangements:
- Gates or stiles
- Whistle boards provided on the rail approaches - train horn audible warning given (06:00 to 23:59)
- Civil Parish/community: Chacewater
- Unitary Authority Electoral Division (UTE): Chacewater, Kenwyn and Baldhu
- Unitary Authority: Cornwall Council
- European Region: South West
- UK Parliament Constituency: Truro and Falmouth
- Individual Risk Rating is the risk to invidual users of the crossing. It is presented as a single letter, with A being the highest risk and M being the lowest.
- Collective Risk Rating is the overall risk of any incident involving any person or vehicle on the crossing, including train staff and passengers as well as users of the crossing. It is presented as a number, with 1 being the highest risk and 13 being the lowest. This is the most important rating when prioritising safety measures at level crossings.
Quite a considerable amount of information logged despite it only being used by two people per day. Many thanks to Chris for having drawn the crossing to my attention.
Thanks to the CRS website I made sure I went to see the two 47s and two 69s on Saturday. My photo aspirations didn’t work out as planned, never mind the delays apparently caused by a points failure at Laira (nice timing......not) – I got a couple of reasonable shots of the 47s from Par station footbridge but an up train to Paddington was scheduled around the time the 69s were due, so to avoid the possibility of being ‘view-blocked’ I moved to the palm tree on Platform 1, which was also the sunny side. The 69s got there first but instead of slowing for the scheduled stop they accelerated through the station, catching out my slow-witted phone camera. Time-saving measure, by all accounts. I had decided not to try the road bridge (where I’d have found myself standing next to Alan Peters!) because I have some safety concerns about the blind corner and lack of a pavement on that side.
I went home and came back again for the return performances. This time it was the 47s which caught me out by passing 8 minutes early – I was still on the path alongside the line! (I knew I shouldn’t have had that second cup of tea....!) Never mind, it was the 69s I wanted to record this time and it was mission accomplished from the platform, on the sunny side.......and Roger W caught me in the act from the bridge, that’s me in the blue shorts! (That’s the second time I’ve been snapped in two months!)
Roger discovered, as I have done in the past, that Par’s up starter signal is awkwardly placed for photography from the bridge – but I’ll still miss it when it’s gone. I’ll miss the down starter alongside the path even more, and I noticed that morning that a concrete pad with mounting bolts for its colour light replacement has just been installed in front of it.
It looks like you don’t need my photos, you have plenty, taken by those with better camera equipment! This was the first time I’d seen 69s and it appears that their reliability must now be judged good enough to send them this far – for the second time this month too! I wonder if we’ll ever see 68s down here (again? – I think they have in the past?)
I think that, when the A391 link road from here to the A30, and the A30 Chiverton to Carland Cross roadworks have been completed, making getting from Par to Redruth much easier, I’ll look at becoming a proper member (although I haven’t forgotten that John Roberts has ‘scheduled a meeting’ at some point later this year......!)